Miss South Africa 2011: Durban stunners set to take on the competition in Sun City finals

2011-12-10 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL is crossing fingers for two Durbanites who will be representing the province in the Miss South Africa 2011 competition tomorrow evening at the Sun City Super Bowl.

Lwandle Ngwenya (21), a law student from Glenwood, and Grace Rheeders (22) of Morningside, a public relations officer with a financial organisation, are among the top 12 who made it into the finals out of 33 semi-finalists.

The pair both love water and spending time with family and they are both optimistic of their chances.

During the interviews and workshops at Sun City, Ngwenya lost her mother to breast cancer, but her fighting spirit hasn’t flagged. “I didn’t think she’d leave me so soon. It’s very hard, but I know she’d want me to continue. Nothing can stop me. I’m doing this for her,” she said.

Even though the journey has been challenging for Ngwenya, she said being true to herself has kept her going.

Rheeders said she has worked hard to get to a place where she feels mentally, physically and emotionally fit to take on the role of Miss SA.

“I’m very proud to represent KZN and so blessed to be from such an amazing city,” she told Weekend Witness.

Apart from the title, Miss SA will walk away with holiday at the luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel, Sun International’s Victoria Falls property in Zambia. She will be qualify to participate in Miss World and Miss Universe and receive a R50 000 cash prize and a new Ford Focus 1.6 Trendline.

“It’s hard to say who my biggest competition is because every girl in this competition has a potential to be the next Miss SA,” said Rheeders.

Viewers can catch the finals on Msanzi Magic channel 107 at 5:30 pm.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co,za

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